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IBM and SoftBank have teamed to deliver IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology to the technology-thirsty Japanese market. IBM announced an agreement with SoftBank Telecom Corp to bring IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology to Japan, the world’s third-largest economy and second-largest technology market. The partnership, which involves training Watson to understand Japanese, represents a major milestone in IBM's efforts to accelerate the adoption of cognitive computing and  SoftBank’s work to  transform Japanese businesses and society. The goal of the collaboration is to bring new Watson-powered apps and services  to market in the region. To do this, IBM and SoftBank will establish  a broad local ecosystem of partners, entrepreneurs, and app developers who will apply Watson in new and innovative ways. “The partnership with SoftBank, an industry pioneer, will bring new Watson capabilities to organizations in one of the most innovative parts of the world,” said Mike Rhodin, senior vice president of the IBM Watson Group, in a statement. “Watson’s technology, which analyzes large volumes of data, and can understand and answer complex questions posed in natural language, is in harmony with SoftBank Group's corporate mission of ‘Information Revolution - Happiness for Everyone,’” said Ken Miyauchi, representative director and chief operating officer at SoftBank, in a statement. “We believe the technology will be applied to a broad range of areas, from enterprise to consumer sectors, and create new value for people.”As part of the collaboration, IBM and SoftBank intend to deliver new powered by Watson cloud-based services.  The two organizations will initially target Japan’s education, banking, healthcare, insurance and retail industriesThe alliance builds upon an ongoing, joint technical collaboration around cognitive computingtechnology between SoftBank and IBM Research – Tokyo. Watson’s ability to understand Japanese is the result of more than two decades of research and development undertaken by IBM Research in the areas of natural language processing, both in Japanese and other non-European languages. Japanese uses thousands of characters, many of which can carry different meanings and pronunciations depending on the context of conversation, the relationships between participants, their age and gender. Like any major language, there are many unique idioms that must be fully understood for natural human interaction, IBM said.“The Japanese language presented IBM researchers with a number of unique challenges to overcome, most notably the first time the Watson system has learned a language that relies on characters not shared by the Western alphabet," said Paul Yonamine, general manager of IBM Japan. “Watson will deliver innovation to the academic, government services, and various industries, while improving overall agility and decision making for our clients. SoftBank and IBM will apply the technology in multiple industries and business domains to usher in a new era of computing in Japan.” To capture new and emerging opportunities, IBM and SoftBank will focus on expanding Watson’s knowledge by further training it in the Japanese language and various industry domains; developing localized APIs and development environments made available through the Watson Developer Cloud ,  and building and expanding the Watson ecosystem. SoftBank will be IBM’s preferred technology delivery partner for Watson solutions in Japan, where the technology could be embedded into various form factors such as desktop, tablets and mobile devices, as well as robots. Watson will be hosted by SoftBank’s data centers across the country.

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NEWS ANALYSIS: VMware previews updated products for CIOs, IT managers, storage administrators and the CFOs who love to pay for it all. SAN FRANCISCO--Despite all the talk, all the marketing hype and all the new cloud products and services coming into the marketplace in the last eight or so years, a whopping 92 percent of the world's IT is still being handled on-premises. You thought the cloud was taking over the world? Maybe in the future, but certainly that's not the case right now. Most IT thought leaders are generally in agreement on this: Over time--likely during the next three to five years as IT buying cycles set in--that 92 percent figure slowly will be lessened as more companies come to deploy hybrid and public clouds for their employees, business partners and customers. This, of course, requires agile software and easy, safe movement of data. And this, in turn requires more virtualization, high bandwidth and cloud services. Virtual data centers are at the center of this IT future. As it happens, VMware is quite happy to tell you about their latest products and services for those new-gen data centers. Each year at this time, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company stages VMworld , the huge IT conference here at the Moscone Center that signals the end of the summer for a lot of people.On Aug. 25, CEO Pat Gelsinger, President and COO Carl Eschenbach, and Senior Vice President of Hybrid Cloud Solutions Bill Fathers announced on Day 1 of the conference a phalanx of new and updated products for CIOs, IT managers, storage administrators, security specialists and the CFOs who love to pay for it all. In addition to the requisite new versions of software, VMware also announced a new joint initiative with newcomer Docker, Google and corporate cousin Pivotal to incorporate containers--a legacy software structure that isolates distributed applications in development to reduce complications--in VMware virtual machines. This will be good news to many IT managers with older systems because they won't have to discard their container-based workflows any time soon if they plan to move to newer virtualized systems built by VMware. (For more detail, see Sean Michael Kerner's story here.) There was a list of other items announced Aug. 25. They included: --, a re-branding and augmentation of VMware Hybrid Cloud Service. This all-purpose hybrid cloud platform is a conglomeration of existing VMware products and several new ones added through recent acquisitions, including mobile deployment with AirWatch. --: This is a new rack-built, commodity x86-server-based appliance with server and/or storage hardware to be supplied by Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, SuperMicro, Japan's NetOne and China's Inspur. It's aimed at midrange-size enterprises. EVO:RAIL is designed for data center simplification with hyper-converged infrastructure appliances. "Take it out of the box, roll it up, plug it in--it's ready in 15 minutes for a full VM operation," CEO Pat Gelsinger said in the introduction. --: vCloud Suite's new release version jumps from 5.5 to 5.8. VMware didn't say what happened to v5.6 and v5.7. vCloud was released a few years ago as a combination of products into one SKU and license code. In the latest version, VMware has added improvements in business continuity and disaster recovery with policy-based provisioning of disaster recovery data tiers and increased scalability of protection and recovery capabilities.vCloud Suite 5.8's Big Data Extensions now support Hadoop 2 for big data workloads and features  customizable provisioning of NSX firewall and routing services; proactive support is now provided by Support Assistant, a free vCenter plug-in that tries to identify issues before problems occur. Additional announcements Aug. 25 at VMworld included the announcement of a vSphere v6.0 beta, a VSAN 2.0 beta, a new VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware NSX 6.1 and a new VMware vRealize Suite.One of the significant announcement here involves a new storage service, vCloud Air Object Storage. VMware vCloud Air has two block storage tiers, Standard and SSD-Accelerated, which look to a virtual machine like a block volume. Object Storage acts as low-speed, long-term storage for buckets of unstructured data and isn’t associated with any specific virtual machine. VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is a highly scalable, cost-effective, and dependable storage solution that can easily scale up to petabytes, and users pay only for the storage they use. Based on EMC's ViPR storage, it offers the popular S3 API, including lifecycle management and versioning features to simplify and reduce management overhead. "Data durability is 11 nines per object, and data can be accessed via HTTP and HTTPS," VMware's Mathew Lodge wrote in a company blog post. "One of the differentiating features is support for very large objects up to 20TB in size, in line with the rapid growth in size for media files and other unstructured data. We have a number of other innovations in the pipeline, and will talk about those closer to release," Lodge said. Object Storage will be available in beta by the end of September, Lodge said.Another vCloud Air feature, Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, will provide customers with on-demand access to vCloud Air with the swipe of a credit card. Billing is provided in arrears for services consumed. Initially offered as a qualified beta, customers now can apply for a vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand account here . VMware's year-old hybrid cloud platform has grown fairly quickly to serve U.S., European and Asia-Pacific enterprises. Now with 11 data centers globally, VMware announced its hybrid cloud expansion in the Asia-Pacific region via joint venture with SoftBank Telecom Corp. and SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S) that brought vCloud Air to Japan. In addition, VMware has announced a strategic partnership with China Telecom to build a hybrid cloud service in Beijing. eWEEK will take closer looks at each of these products later in the week as VMworld continues, which it does through Aug. 28.

Someya K.,SoftBank Telecom Corp | Someya K.,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency | Bamba A.,Aoyama Gakuin University | Ishida M.,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan

This paper presents a detailed analysis of supernova remnant (SNR) N103B located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), based on Suzaku and Chandra observations. The spectrum of the entire remnant was closely reproduced by using three interstellar medium (ISM) components with temperatures of ∼ 0.32, ∼ 0.56, and ∼ 0.92 keV and one ejecta component with ∼ 3.96 keV, based on a spectral analysis of the Suzaku/X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS) data. The ejecta was overabundant in heavy elements, such as Mg, Si, S, Ca, Fe, and Ni. The unprecedentedly high quality of data obtained with Suzaku/XIS allowed us to correctly distinguish between two emissions from the ISM and the ejecta for the first time in a spectral analysis. Combining the spectral analysis of XIS data with the image analysis based on Chandra/Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) data, we verified that the ejecta distributions for elements from Si to Fe-K were similar to one another, although the Fe-K emission was located slightly inward compared with that of the lighter elements such as Si, S, Ar, and Ca. We compared hydrogen-rich ejecta plasma (called "H-dominated plasma"), which is indicative of Type II SNRs, with plasma rich in heavy elements and poor in hydrogen (called "pure metal plasma") mainly observed in Type Ia SNRs. High-energy continuum images in the 5.2-6.0 keV band obtained with ACIS were extremely similar to those of the ejecta, implying that the origin of the high-energy continuum might indeed be the ejecta. By combining spectral analyses and high-energy continuum images, we found some indications for H-dominated plasma, and showed, that the progenitor of N103B might have been a Type II supernova. The progenitor mass was estimated to be 13 Mȯ based on the abundance patterns of Mg, Fe, and Ni relative to Si. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Astronomical Society of Japan. All rights reserved. Source

SoftBank Telecom Corp | Date: 2014-12-17

A communication system controls routing performed by a physical gateway that connects a mobile station and a communication network. The communication system comprises a communication setting information acquiring unit and a routing control unit. The communication setting information acquiring unit acquires communication setting information between a virtual gateway corresponding to the physical gateway and the mobile station by executing a communication establishment sequence between the virtual gateway and the mobile station. The routing control unit controls routing performed by the physical gateway based on the communication setting information.

Miyashita M.,SoftBank Telecom Corp | Omote H.,SoftBank Telecom Corp | Yamaguchi R.,SoftBank Telecom Corp
2015 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, ISAP 2015

In order to overcome the increasing traffic problems of mobile terminals used in high-rise floors of buildings, the three-dimensional cell configuration which places small cells on various floors is considered. In order to evaluate the wireless transmission technology for the three-dimensional cell configuration, it is necessary to clarify the time-spatial characteristics which encompass the characteristics of the path loss, the delay profile and the spatial arrival angular profile for waves travelling from one indoor space in a high-rise office to another such indoor space. In this paper, we measure the path loss characteristics of radio waves passing from one indoor space to another and identify the key parameters for the path loss characteristic based on measured results. Further, we compare measured and simulation (ray tracing) results. Finally, we use the simulation results to analyze the relation between the parameters and path loss characteristics. © 2015 The Institute of Electronics, Information and Comm. Source

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